Three Nassau County Legislative Districts are up for recount this week, including the 18th LD, which encompasses the close City of Glen Cove election, where incumbent Democrat Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Republican challenger Paul Meli came within just 117 votes of one another - before absentee ballots were counted - and the race for council seats was even closer.
County Legislature candidates Republican Robert Germino and Democrat Delia DeRiggi-Whitton were within 37 votes of each other after election night, creating one of two close LD races that could tip the balance of power in the currently Republican controlled Legislature if Democrats end up winning both the 18th and 14th districts.
Before the meeting officially began, two representatives of the PTA presented the board members with gift bags for their dedicated service to the school community They said that they appreciate the varying perspectives and the time, energy and enthusiasm the board members bring to the job and that all of their efforts are to be commended.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Glen Cove Beautification Commission hosted the annual Inter-Coastal Beach Cleanup. The weather was windy, the air was brisk but the sun was brightly shining as Beautification members, including guest volunteer Kendra Sawyer, turned out to pick up, bag and record all sorts of litter along the coast of Pryibil Beach. From food wrappings, plastic bottles, tobacco products to packing pellets, these dedicated Glen Covers worked hard to beautify the coast of one of their favorite beaches, collecting 60 lbs of trash.
Election Day 2011 revealed an extremely divided votership around much of Nassau County, with the Glen Cove area being no exception. At the time of this printing, the race between Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Robert Germino for the 18th Legislative District was within a few votes (6,040 to 6,003 in Germino’s favor) and the Board of Elections was moving into hundreds of absentee ballots to get an accurate count. The mayoral race between Ralph V. Suozzi and Paul Meli was also close (2,915 to 2,798 in Suozzi’s favor), with political party representatives assuring that the Board of Elections had impounded voting machines to look at affidavits and absentees before confirming an official winner.
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My wife Cheryl and I love living in Glen Cove. We are proud parents of two daughters and two sons, all of whom have attended or are attending Glen Cove High School. Our family belongs to Our Savior’s Lutheran church where we are active members. Cheryl is a Kindergarten teacher at Deasy School and I am a Senior Design Engineer employed in the manufacturing industry on Long Island.
1. The County Legislature, the Towns of North Hempstead and Hempstead are divided into districts in order for residents in all area to be represented equally. Officials live in the district they represent and are familiar with the issues of that district. Would the Town of Oyster Bay benefit with this structure, as well?
“Since I joined the Town Board in 2010, I have traveled extensively across the Town meeting and speaking to residents and councilmanic districts has not been an issue. I know that Oyster Bay Town voters have twice rejected districts, and I get the sense they feel the at-large system is working. Having seven people representing you rather than just one means each and every member of the Town Board cares about your community, not just his or her little piece of the Town. Councilmanic districts can be divisive, pitting one district against another and encouraging the formation of coalitions among districts, which is never good for the residents.
Most employers hiring an employee know best what to ask their candidates at a job interview. However, in politics, the candidates tend to tell the employer what their own job description will be.
The position of mayor is a paying job, with a $100,000 salary, a car and full benefits. The mayoral candidate also runs with six council members who are paid $60,000 in total.
• What exactly is the job you and your council are being hired to do in 2012 and 2013?
• What information do voters need to rate their perspective employees?
• What questions would you have voters ask your opponent in order to understand who is more qualified to do the job?
Some community members asked the Record Pilot to sponsor and moderate a debate between the two candidates vying for the position of mayor of the City of Glen Cove for the 2012-13 term. This debate will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Wunsch Arts Center, located at Finley Middle School, 1 Forest Ave., Glen Cove. The start time is 4 p.m. and there will be a brief “meet and greet” session after the debate for voters to talk to each other and meet the candidates for mayor and city council.
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